NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Amazon says Echo Dot, for the third consecutive year, was the most popular item on Amazon.com this holiday season. Alexa enabled Dot performs the same skills that more expensive Echo does, but in lesser form.
At last count, the Echo units had more than 180,000 skills, or apps, and new ones are introduced every day.
Many Dot owners use the device for weather forecasts, set alarms and play music through Amazon Prime Music, but the technology built into Echo devices is more useful and fun.
Here are some of my favorite Alexa skills you'll find on Amazon: [1
This is a skill that adds the sound of a watchdog to any room in your home. Let's say you're traveling the weekend and you'd love to keep your home safe from burglars. Activate the Guard Dog skills and say the trigger words "Alexa, Guard Guard asks to preserve my house."
Ever since, the sounds of ditch and barking are played through the Alexa device. You can play Guard Dog in any room where there is an Echo unit.
This is one of my favorite skills because it knows how to do everything and everything.
By using the popular site area Wiki and Wikipedia, you just say "Alexa, ask Wiki-how …."
I tried it with "How can you prepare prayers?" and Wiki-How gave me a step-by-step recipe.
I asked Wiki-How the best way to roll out a bear, and the skills gave me tips on how to keep the beasts from chasing me.
3: Would you rather be family.
This skill is a recall to the teenage party. You get two choices and asked which one you would "rather." This family-friendly version of the game asks questions to suit all ages.
4: No way that is true.
This is one of my favorite Alexa game skills. This game gives a statement that "The volcano can create stones that float in water" and it is the player's job to answer whether the sentence was true or false. There are thousands of questions in this and more are added every day. Very fun if you play with other people or solo.
5: Ask My Buddy.
This is a good app for anyone who has a health problem and who may need help.
Instead of having to take the phone and the text of a family member, just say "Ask My Buddy" in earshot, and the skills will contact someone you have chosen to check on you.
For those at risk of falling this skill can be worth the price of buying an echo device. Ask My Friend Can Also Send Security Checks To A Contact Using Your Voice.
There are many, many more skills, of course, this is just a taste of what Alexa can do with weather forecasts and alarms.
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